Source: Islam quiz has U.S. parents ‘outraged’ via Leo Hohmann
Above is an excerpt from a quiz given to students in Walton County, Georgia.
Hundreds of irate parents are planning to attend the Walton County, Georgia, school board meeting Oct. 10 to convey their outrage over their children being taught the religious beliefs of Islam in middle-school social studies.
The outrage erupted over a quiz handed out to students asking them to answer questions related to the five pillars of Islam, the Quran as the “holy” book of Muslims, and the conversion prayer known as the “shahada,” which states, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.” Perhaps most disturbing to Christian parents was the “correct” answer that the Muslim god Allah is the “same god” that is worshiped by Christians and Jews.
At the same time Islam is being studied in detail, the beliefs of Christianity are glossed over, parents say. They now have more than 2,300 parents and concerned citizens who have joined a Facebook group dedicated to opposing the school system’s methods of teaching comparative religions.
“I believe my children are my responsibility, and I believe I need to be the one teaching them what we believe instead of the school,” Bill Green told News 95.5.
Parent Michelle King told WSB-TV she’s upset because students seem to spend a lot more time learning about Islam than any other religion.
“My daughter had to learn the (shahada), and the five pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert,” King said. “But they never once learned anything about the Ten Commandments or anything about God.”
“What they are learning goes against my religion completely,” she said.
Kim Embry, spokeswoman for the Walton County School District, said in an interview with Fox 5 that some Christian students may need to learn more about Islam than Christianity since they’re already familiar with the Christian faith.
Ryan Breece launched the Facebook page in an attempt to get school officials to alert parents to upcoming lessons on religion or other sensitive topics. They say that would give them a chance to opt their children out of assignments with which they disagree.
Breece said he pulled his sixth-grade daughter out of recent lessons on Islam, and her grade suffered as a result. He doesn’t think that’s right.
“We need to see the assignments, and we need to be able to opt out without any grade negativity on our children,” he told News 95.5, adding that he expects hundreds of parents to attend the Oct. 10 board meeting with similar demands.
Breece said Tuesday he has been invited to a private meeting with the school board Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.
“Fox News will be there,” he wrote on the group’s Facebook page. “Please come and gather in the parking lot or lobby to show your support. Now it’s time for us to show we all care about this issue.”
The Board of Education building is at 200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe, Georgia.
The education standards being used in Walton County are the same standards used in all of Georgia and there have been complaints in the past. Last year, parents from Cartersville Middle School in Cartersville, Georgia, contacted WND and said their school was inviting Islamic teachers to come and indoctrinate their children about the tenants of Islam.
The latest controversy was touched off when Youth Middle School gave a fill-in-the-blank test on the basics of Islam as one of several examples of controversial lessons (correct answers in parenthesis):
- “In 610, Muhammad was told by the angel (Gabriel) that he was a (prophet) sent to Earth by (God)
- “He began preaching a new monotheistic faith called (Islam) – (Surrender) to God”
- “Basic beliefs of Islam:
- “Followers of Islam are called (Muslims) who believe in (one) God, called (Allah)
- “Allah is the (same God) worshiped by Jews & Christians
- “Muslims believe Muhammad was the (last) of God’s prophets
- “The teachings of Muhammad were written down in the (Quran) …, the holy (book) of Islam.”
Other assignments delved into the five pillars of Islam – pilgrimage to Mecca, giving of alms, fasting and prayer five times a day, along with the associated Arabic words and phrases.
Arabic is the fastest-growing language in U.S. public schools, likely due to the 70,000 foreign refugees, the majority of them Muslim, who are being resettled annually by the Obama administration in cities and towns across the U.S.
Just latest in long line of complaints by parents
This type of parental uproar over Islamic teachings in public schools has become endemic across the U.S. in recent years, with complaints by parents popping up in school districts nationwide since 2011.
Christina Michas, founder of Operation Jericho Project and co-founder of Citizens United for Responsible Education, has been tracking the encroachment of Islam into public schools for several years, and she says it’s obvious that atheist groups are not nearly as concerned about Islam in the schools as they are about Christianity.
“It’s everywhere,” she said, noting that a teacher in Texas who gave students a more accurate history of Islam got fired. She was referring to the case of Dale Wolverton in Richmond, Texas.
Wolverton was forced to resign on April 8 when the Hamas-supporting Council for American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint against him for handing out brochures detailing the bloody history of Islam, ABC News reported.
Tennessee pastor Greg Locke in Mt. Juliet recently encouraged students to “take an F” on their test about the Islamic religion over what he described as “absolute brainwashing of religion,” EAGnews reported.
Locke pointed out in a viral video that local history books include about 28 pages on Islam, but only “a half-page of watered down Christianity,” according to the Tennessean.
Dozens of teachers and administrators in Pennsylvania’s Lebanon School District attended a taxpayer-funded workshop at a local mosque to learn about Islam, EAG News reported in June.
About 50 staffers from the district attended the workshop led by former district Arabic translator Mohamed Omar, who “took time off from his new job as a case worker for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia to share his knowledge of Islam with the staff, which included Superintendent Marianne Bartley and several other administrators,” the Lebanon Daily News reports.
Afterward, they headed to the nearby Lebanon Valley Mosque to join an Islamic prayer service with the congregation, according to the Daily News.
This is the second year the school district has held the mosque workshop.
“There was no mention of objections or threatening letters sent to the school district by atheist groups that typically scream foul with religious-themed school events,” EAG News reported.
School girls in Littleton, Colorado, don the required attire as they get ready to enter a mosque in Denver.
Teachers and staff from Pennsylvania’s Lebanon School District bow to Allah inside a local mosque.
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